Top Five Things To Look For When Hiring A Psychiatrist

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Seeking the help of a psychiatrist can make you anxious and uneasy. It’s uncomfortable to share your personal problems, feelings, and relationships right off the bat with a person you don’t know. It's important to remember that it’s completely normal to feel this way. 

A true expert is mindful of your feelings and will help you relax by combining supportive therapy and positive psychology. Finding the perfect therapist to diagnose and treat your state of mind or condition skillfully is the key to regain mental wellness. Moreover, a professional should educate you about your mental health and help you lead a happier lifestyle.

To guide you to the right psychiatrist for your needs, here’s a complete list of the five things to look for when selecting a psychiatrist.

1. Experience.

While researching psychiatrists look at their experience first. Experience covers everything from fundamental to specialized education to the number of years as a medical practitioner. More years of experience tells you they have witnessed multiple behaviors and treated different conditions. Check which areas of psychiatry they do best and how many cases they have handled in each area. In case of severe conditions, find out the complication rate the doctor has faced.

2. Credentials.

After earning their degree, psychiatrists must receive professional training with actual patients, under the supervision of qualified clinical experts. At least one year of post-doctoral supervised experience is the minimum requirement for psychiatrists to practice independently. However, the most important detail you should look for is their state license and the jurisdiction in which they can practice. The state awards medical permits and also renews them based on the practitioner’s continued competence and education.

3. Professionalism.

A sign of serious professionalism is the affiliation psychiatrists maintain with associations like the American Psychology Association, or American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Members of these associations follow a strict code of professional ethics. Speaking with psychiatrists also helps you understand their level of professionalism. You should be allowed to speak freely, and your conversations must be kept strictly private.

4. Compassion

During a consultation, observe how comfortable the psychiatrist makes you or your loved one with a mental condition feel. Coping with trauma, depression, anxiety and other severe mental states can make you emotional. A psychiatrist must be able to empathize with you and help you reach a calm state of mind.

5. Past success.

Recommendations from friends, relatives, or a trusted physician give you an ounce of confidence in a professional’s abilities. Ask these people about the treatment they have received or if they know more about the psychiatrist’s services. The number of past success stories also offers more assurance. If you have not received recommendations from people you know, you can look up reviews other patients have given their psychiatrists online. In some cases, you can even interact with these patients for more details.

If you’re looking for psychiatric treatment for depression, anxiety and mental health wellness in Manhattan, Brooklyn, NY and New Jersey, reach out to Dr. Narveen Dosanjh. She is a medical doctor, a visionary and a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She combines the best of ancient remedies with modern medicine for holistic healing.

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